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Study assesses transfusion needs of plastic surgery patients

An analysis of National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data for 95,687 patients who had inpatient plastic surgery procedures from 2010 to 2015 found that 1,955 experienced bleeding complications that required transfusions of at least one unit of blood. People with diabetes, hypertension or a previously diagnosed bleeding disorder were at higher risk for bleeding complications, and bleeding was more common during procedures that combined breast cancer surgery and reconstruction, according to the study in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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